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Sandoval Commission Meetings
Unless otherwise noted, all Sandoval County commission meetings will be held in the county commission chambers, Sandoval County Courthouse, 711 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Placitas Community Library Hours:
Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 867-3355 for directions or questions.

Monthly: Parents Without Partners offers support, education, and friendship to single parents of all ages, regardless of custody. Get-togethers, family outings, socials. All welcome. Wayne, 892-2456.

Mondays (first Monday of the month): Rio Rancho Art Association member meeting. Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard in Rio Rancho. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short business meeting followed by a special program including speakers, demonstrations, or other events of interest to artists and art lovers. Each meeting has a social hour following the speaker, including samples of art by members. Meetings are open to the public regardless of artistic experience and media. All are encouraged to join. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow artists, network, make friends, and develop your skills.

Mondays: Placitas/Bernalillo Al-Anon Family Support Group Meeting. 7:30 to 8:30 pm behind the United Methodist Church in Bernalillo, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. For more information, call 262-2177.

Mondays: One Day At A Time Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s Restaurant, 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Mondays through Thursdays: Mother’s Day Out. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. $13 per session. 867-5718.

First and third Mondays: Optimist Club de Sandoval Meeting. 7 p.m. San Antonio Community Center, Placitas. New members welcome. 867-4646.

Second and fourth Mondays: Bernalillo Town Council Meeting. The public can attend as observers, but does not participate in the activities unless requested by the Mayor. 6:30 p.m. 867-3311.

Second and fourth Mondays: Grief Support Group Meeting. A free community service available to anyone who is in need of grief and bereavement support following the loss of a loved one. 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3150 Carlisle NE, Suite 25 (at Carlisle and Candelaria). Carol Frank, 821-6056.

Tuesdays: The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, in conjunction with Whole Foods, will present “Maintain Your Brain,” a series of educational programs on how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle. 9:30 a.m. For information, call the Chapter office at (505) 266-4473, a Wild Oats location near you, or the Chapter website at

Tuesdays: Ongoing, Circle of Parents peer discussion groups, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Free, confidential, and non-judgmental discussion groups, promoting positive, nurturing parenting. Free childcare. Held at Outcomes, Inc., 1503 University Boulevard, NE in Albuquerque. Please RSVP at (505) 243-2551.

Tuesdays: Becoming Happy: Everyone wants to be happy, but how do we become happy when it seems the world around us is falling apart? In this series, we will receive special advice from some of Buddha’s most profound teachings that can help us to make significant changes in our lives right now. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for any class, no pre-registration required. $8 per class. Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Rio Rancho Public Library, 755 Loma Colorado Dr. NE, Rio Rancho. Sponsored by Kadampa Meditation Center NM. For information, call (505) 292-5293 or visit online at

Tuesdays:Haven House Domestic Violence Support Group for women whose lives have been touched by domestic violence. Topics include Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Safety Plans, Developing Healthy Relationships, and information about available services. All sessions are confidential and free of charge. 6:30-8:00 p.m. Rio Rancho First Baptist Church, corner of Route 528 and 19th Avenue. Call Haven House, 896-4869 or 1-800-526-7157, for more information.

Tuesdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

First Tuesdays: SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) support-group meeting, New Mexico Chapter. Meetings are open to survivors and their immediate families, regardless of religious affiliation, if any. 7 to 9 p.m. Good Shepherd UCC, 7834 Tennyson NE (youth lounge). Steve Rabi, 280-3369;

Second Tuesdays: New Mexico Democratic Club meets. 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn.

Second Tuesdays: Sandoval County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m., Rio Rancho Inn, 528 near Sara Road, west side of the road. Meetings are open to the public and feature candidates for local, state, national offices.

Third Tuesdays: RESOLVE, Central New Mexico, Meeting. RESOLVE provides information and support for those dealing with infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancy, making the decision to adopt or life without children. National-affiliate support includes professionally led support groups, peer-support gatherings, guest speakers. Call or e-mail for location: 291-5066;

Third and fourth Tuesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 7:30 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511,  249-4976, 260-0154,

Fourth Tuesdays through December: New-Employer Tax Workshops for small businesses that have or plan to have employees. Regulatory and tax-filing requirements from six different federal and state agencies will be covered. 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m., with one-hour lunch break. Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, 5301 Central, NE (Bank of the West building), 10th Floor, Conference Room A. Free of charge. 505 841-6200.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Book study and meditation groups. WOW–Women of Wonder, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; POW–People of Wonder, Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Moon Dancer Book Gallery, 4484 Corrales Road, Corrales, 249-3742.

Wednesdays: Mothers’ Support Group. $3 per session. 10-11 a.m. United Way Building, Southern and Unser Boulevard. 896-1250.

Wednesdays: Mid-day Rio Rancho Toastmasters. The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Our meeting room has been graciously provided by the Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Boulevard NE. Call (505) 792-9667 and ask for Debbi Ruel.

Wednesdays: Parenting Group Meeting. 6-7 p.m. La Buena Vida, Bernalillo, 867-2383.

Wednesdays: Thinking Straight Step-Study Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. 6-7 p.m. First Assembly Church, 274 Camino Don Tomas, south of PNM, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Third Wednesday: Democratic Women of Sandoval County meet. 7 p.m. Call Janice Saxton for location and speaker information: 867-1139.

First Wednesdays: Jardineros de Placitas, 9:30 a.m. each month except January and December. A community-involved organization of women with groups interested in bridge, cooking, stitchery, crafts, art, reading, day trips. Monthly meetings feature speakers and subjects of local interest. Contact: Lin  Robinson, 771-1535.

First Wednesdays: MOMS Club of Rio Rancho South General Meeting. Free. The MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is an international nonprofit organization specifically designed to support at-home mothers regardless of race, religion, financial stability. 10 a.m. First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho (across from Intel). 891-1909, 994-9687,

First Wednesdays: National Alliance on Mental Illness, a volunteer-run organization, provides education and support for people with mental illness and their families. 10 a.m. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, Educational Building, Room 111. 892-1511, 249-4976, 260-0154,

First Wednesdays: The Sandoval County Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets at the Placitas Community Center to provide support and education on various natural living and conscious parenting topics. 6 p.m. Weekly playgroups, book exchanges, and an online forum for parenting support. The Holistic Moms Network is a nonprofit support and discussion network for moms with an interest in natural, holistic, and alternative parenting and living. Our goal is to develop a thriving community which nurtures, supports, and informs mothers and their families. Children are always welcome. For more information, visit or email Heather Kerr at

Second Wednesdays: Placitas Community Library board meetings are now at the main PVFB station on 165, still on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Inquiries about these meetings or the library: 867-3355. All meetings are open to the public.

Second Wednesdays: Village Academy Charter School Meeting. 4:00 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Church. VACS, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043.

Third Wednesdays: Community workshop on Asthma and Allergy Basics. For families who live with asthma, environmental, and food allergies. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Dinner is included. Sandoval Health Commons, 1500 Idalia Road #B, behind the Sandoval County Courthouse, off Idalia and Highway 528. RSVP on Friday before the class at (505) 867-2291, ext. 1720.

Fourth Wednesdays: Bereavement Support Group for parents who have had a baby die through miscarriage, stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death, or other natural causes within the first year of life. 7-8:30 p.m., Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM Medical School Campus. 272-2485, 272-3397.

Wednesdays through Saturdays: Casa San Ysidro, the historic Gutiérrez-Minge House in Corrales, on Old Church Road, is open for tours at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, seniors $3, students $3, children $2. 897-8828.

Thursdays: Depression and bipolar support group meetings. DBSA Albuquerque offers weekly support-group meetings for those suffering from mood disorders. Friends and family members welcome. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Nob Hill area, Albuquerque. Information available regarding support groups in Los Lunas and Santa Fe. 505-889-3632,

Thursdays: One Day At A Time Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Noon-1 p.m. (open meeting). United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Thursdays (first and third Thursday of the month): The Coronado Optimist Club meetings are held at 6:15 p.m. at Coronado Grill (upstairs). Please join us in expanding the horizons of community youth, encouraging civic responsibility, and participating in community service. We welcome your ideas and enthusiasm! New members are welcome.

First and Third Thursdays: Preschool story time for ages two to five, 10:30 a.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Tuesday: Bilingual story time for ages two to ten, 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Placitas Community Library Board meetings. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to public. Main Placitas Volunteer Fire Brigade station. For information, call 867-3355.

Second Thursdays: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at the Vista Grande Elementary School, 7001 Chayote Road, Rio Rancho. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Second Thursdays: Do you want to learn more about politics? The League of Women Voters–Albuquerque, a nonpartisan organization, meets the second Thursday of each month. The luncheon meeting is at the Wyndham Hotel, 2910 Yale Blvd SE, near the airport. The LWV encourages informed and active participation to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Reservations required. For more information, telephone the League Office, Monday - Thursday before noon, 884-8441. League office is at 2403 San Mateo NE, Suite W-16C,

Third Tuesday: The Kids’ Book Club 3 p.m. Placitas Community Library. For more information, call 867-3355.

Third Thursday of each month. the Village Academy Charter School Board meets unless there is a school holiday, and then we meet the second Thursday of the month. Our meeting place is OLOS in the Motivation Center at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact 867-9094.

Fridays: Friday Night Live Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 7-8 p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Motivation Center, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Fridays: Bernalillo Grower’s Market. 4-7 p.m. Fresh local produce and crafts. Located South of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Bernalillo Main Street (Highway 313), one block south of US 550. Bring your friends! For information, call 867-2485 or 867-9054.

First Friday: Coronado Kennel Club Meeting. All-breed obedience kennel club, 7 p.m. Call for meeting place. 867-4510.

Second Fridays: SanBern Federated Republican Women meets (except July and August) at Chamisa Hills Country Club, in Rio Rancho, 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending may call 892-3330, for more information.

Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Bernalillo Methodist Church group meetings. Sundays are women's only meetings.

Saturdays: Casa Rosa Food Bank is open 9 a.m.-noon in the pink house east of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church on Highway 165, six miles east of I-25. This community outreach program provides nonperishable food items as well as dairy, frozen meats, and fresh produce as available for Placitas residents in need. Donations and volunteers welcome.

Saturdays: One Day At A Time Big Book Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting (open meeting). 9-10 a.m. United Methodist Church (in back), a block west of Abuelita’s, Bernalillo. 266-1900.

Saturday evenings: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. 6:30 p.m. (open meeting). If you have a problem with narcotics or even think you may have a problem, you are welcome. 136 West Don Andres, Bernalillo. (Bernalillo Methodist Church). 505-260-9889, 505-260-7195.

Second Saturdays: Friends of the Library of Rio Rancho Book Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bargains at every sale. Auditorium in Loma Colorado Main Library, 755 Loma Colorado, Rio Rancho. For information, visit

Third Saturday: Organ Transplant Awareness Program’s monthly meetings. 10:30 a.m. OTAP is an independent organization working to improve the quality of life for transplant candidates, recipients, their families, and donor family members. Home Town Buffet on Coors/Paseo. Info:

Sundays: Corrales Growers’ Market features music, burritos, New Mexico grown produce, dairy, honey, and plants. 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Admission is free. 500 Jones Road in Corrales, next to the Corrales Post Office. For information, call 898-7927.

Sundays: Placitas Big Book Study. Alcoholics Anonymous. 7-8:15 p.m. (open meeting). Presbyterian Church (Bell Tower), Placitas. 266-1900.

Sundays: Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. If you have a problem with drugs, or even think that you might have a problem, you are welcome! 10:30 a.m. 4324 Corrales Road (in the community center behind the old fire station). 260-9889, 260-7195.

Weekends: Idalia Road Marketplace. Open Saturday and Sunday through the end of November. 8  a.m. - 1 p.m. Fun, festive outdoor shopping in Rio Rancho. Idalia Road near Northern.

Fall Weekends: Maize Maze. Outdoor family and dating fun. Spend time outdoors as you explore this seven-acre corn maze in the shape of a Monarch butterfly. Use your skills to find the checkpoints and correctly answer the riddles to discover your way out. Visit for more information. Times: Fridays 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays and holidays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Los Poblanos Open Space. 1701 Montano Road NW, Albuquerque. or (505) 345-4580 (for messages only).

September 3: Sandoval County Commission, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

September 5 - 6: Under Charlie’s Covers, Sandoval County’s only independent used book store, announces Charlie’s Local Author Festival. The Festival will feature a series of book signings by New Mexico authors during the Bernalillo Wine Festival (held across the street).

September 5 - 7: 2009 New Mexico Wine festival at Bernalillo. Loretto Park. For more information, visit

September 7: Non-essential offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

September 8: League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico talk, “What is happening with Indian Health Services?” 6 p.m. Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE in Albuquerque. Everyone is welcome to hear Roxane Spruce Bly, former Executive Director of Health Action New Mexico and a member of the Pueblo of Laguna.

September 9: County Health Alliance Council, 10 a.m., County Health Commons, 1500-B Idalia, Bernalillo.

September 9: DWI Planning Council and DWI Taskforce. 2 p.m., Sandoval County Personnel Conference Room.

September 9, 16, 23, and 30: Kitchen Creations Diabetic Cooking Classes. Four-week series, from 5-8 p.m. Sandoval County Visitors Center, 243 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. For more information, contact Nicole Lujan at (505) 867-2582.

September 10: League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico lecture, “Albuquerque health care reform on the federal and state level.” 11:45 a.m. Airport Grand Hotel, 2910 Yale Boulevard SE in Albuquerque. Everyone is welcome to hear Dr. Jim Tryon, past president of New Mexico Medical Society. Reservation deadline is Friday, September 4; please call (505) 884-8441.

September 13: Sandoval County Historical Society meeting at 2 p.m. DeLavy House Museum (located off Highway 550 west of Bernalillo between Coronado State Monument and the Star Casino). Paul Enciso will speak about Pueblo weaving. He is the featured pottery artist. Refreshments will be served. This event is free for Sandoval County Historical Society members; $5 for non-members.

September 13: Duende Poetry Series presents Joanne Kyger and Donald Guravich: Voices from the American Land. 3 p.m. at Anasazi Fields Winery of Placitas.

September 15: HOMEscape workshop is the ultimate landscaping solution. Five-week class on Tuesdays, at the Placitas Community Center, 41 Camino De Las Huertas from 7–9 p.m. Attendance is limited to the first twenty people. For information, call Sandoval County Extension Office for Master Gardeners 867-2582.

September 16: League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico talk, “Plans for a new UNM Hospital in Rio Rancho.” Noon at the Sandoval County Health Commons (1500 Idalia NW, Bernalillo). Everyone is welcome to hear Anthony Masciotra, Executive Director and CFO for the UNM Medical Group, Inc. and Kim Hedrick, Vice President for Strategic Business Development for the UNM Medical Group, Inc.

September 16: Democratic Women of Sandoval County will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at the Bernalillo Town Hall, 829 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo. Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. Our invited speaker will be Dr. Donna Tillman, who will talk to us about women, business, and money. Refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to attend. Guests are welcome. For information, call Patty Cervantes at 710-8539 or email

September 17: Commission on Senior Affairs, 10 a.m., Placitas Senior Center.

September 17: Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Board, 3 p.m., Commission Chambers.

September 17: Sandoval County Commission, 6 p.m., Commission Chambers.

September 19: 11a.m.-1 p.m. Placitas and the Santa Fe Trail—lecture and lunch. Ancient trails connected Placitas to Sandia and San Felipe Pueblos in the Rio Grande Valley. Wagon roads went through the mountains to La Madera and Golden. You will meet Jose Librado Gurule (a descendant of one of the first families of Las Placitas and early traveler on the Santa Fe Trail) through a chataqua by Gabriel Sahd, as well as his great-grandson who lives in Placitas today. Learn how the wagons started in Bernalillo, came through Placitas to pick up workers, then north to Las Vegas to join caravans headed for Missouri. You will receive a copy of Lou Bachen's story and enjoy a traditional New Mexican lunch. The presentation will be at the Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio in the Village of Placitas. Cost is $10; please reserve your spot by calling 771-4007.

September 21: League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico talk, “Where the League stands on federal and state health care reform.” 1:30 p.m. 1st floor Hobby Room of Manzano del Sol Village, 5201 Roma NE in Albuquerque. Everyone is welcome to hear Dick Mason, Chair of the Action Committee of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico, Chair of the Legislative Committee for Health Action New Mexico, and co-chair of the Sandoval County Health Alliance.

September 24: County Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Commission Chambers.

September 27: Enchanted Hills Neighborhood Association annual fall BBQ from 2-5 p.m. at Mountain View Park, 6441 Grayson Hills Drive NE (near DPS Station off Santa Fe Hills Boulevard) in Rio Rancho. The event is free for Enchanted Hills residents. For sponsor and vendor information, please contact Cheryl Everett ( or visit our website (

September 27: 2-4 p.m., Placitas Community Center. Placitas Democrats and Friends invite you to a big party. Everyone is invited. Live music, all the food you can eat. Please bring your favorite dessert or snack to share. Come mingle with your neighbors and celebrate our wonderful community. Help us spread the word. We have invited our local, state, and national elected officials and candidates. For more information, contact Joan Fenicle at 771-4006, Wayne Sandoval at 867-1728, or Janice Saxton at 867-1139.

September 30: Casa Rosa Food Bank will sponsor its fourth Mobile Food Pantry. The Roadrunner Food Bank will bring 2,500 pounds of nonperishable food and produce that will be distributed from 10 a.m.-12 pm. in the Fellowship Hall of Las Placitas Presbyterian Church. All Sandoval County residents who qualify are invited to participate. If you have questions, please call the church at 867-5718.

November 21-22: 28th Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 82 artists at three sites in the Village of Placitas: 1) Anasazi Fields Winery; 2) Big tent next to Presbyterian Church; and 3) Placitas Elementary School. There will be an art raffle, food at all sites, and wine at the winery. The event is free to the public. For information, visit






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